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Guam, United States territory in the western Pacific may have just set a world record for having most women represented in an elected government. 35th Guam’s legislature membership is 67% women. It is definitely a historical record for Guam and Micronesia.
In the recently assembled 15-member legislature, 10 members are women and 5 are men. In addition, its entire leadership is also all female with newly elected Speaker Tina Barnes and Floor Leader and Majority Leader Telena Cruz Nelson.
Furthermore, Guam’s newly elected Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is also a woman. She is a five-termed Senator and former Bank of Guam President.
Not to be outdone, Supreme Court of Guam Chief Justice Katherine Maraman is also a woman possibly ensuring Guam’s place in history books beyond the next century.
In comparison, according to Inter-Parliamentary Union report, United States has 19% of women in the lower house and 23% of women represented in the Senate. Palau has 12.5% female representation in the House and 15.4% in the Senate.
President Tommy Remengesau Jr. along with representatives of both the Senate and House of Delegates, attended the inauguration of Guam’s new government. He remarked that Guam had certainly set a record leading change. (L.N. Reklai)